Dr Trudi Ryan

Words for Change

I work with people and organisations changing conversations across climate change, natural resource management, education, philanthropy, community connectedness, advocacy and more.

I am passionate about applying the science of communication to communication.


My approach to psychosocial communication and values-based messaging draws on research and practice from the cognitive, behavioural and social sciences, linguistics and marketing.


I have worked in the socio-environmental sector for over three decades and bring experience gained across research, education and communication to each new project.

I'm also a keen lifelong learner and constantly undertake courses, research and other professional development to build my skills and understanding in cognition and communication so I can share this knowledge with other change-makers.


Please get in touch if I can help you with a fresh approach to communication. 






  • Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) (Environmental Management) Deakin University 

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ecology) Deakin University 

  • Graduate Diploma (Marketing Communication) University of Canberra 

  • Graduate Certificate (Professional Practice: Neurobiology of Human Behaviour) University of New England (in progress)


  • Certified Values Coach (Discover your Values Network, US).

  • Accredited Editor (Institute of Professional Editors, Australia).


  • Winner: Victorian Community Action and Leadership Award 2019 (Keep Victoria Beautiful Sustainability Awards).

  • Finalist: National Environmental Communication Award 2019 (Tidy Towns, Australia)

Recent professional development

  • Slide design, Slide docs, Persuasive presentations (Duarte, US)

  • The science of what makes people care (University of Florida, US)

  • Certified Values Coach Training (Discover your Values Network, US)

  • Words that Work Messaging Masterclass with Anat Shenker-Osorio (Centre for Australian Progress)

  • Journalism for Social Change (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Environmental Communication: Research to Practice (International Environmental Communication Association)

  • Digital Storytelling (Digital Storytellers)

Previous employment (key roles)

  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow. CSIRO Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research

  • National R&D Communication Officer. Land & Water Australia

  • Lecturer/Tutor in Environmental Science. Deakin University.

  • Victorian government agencies: various roles in environmental education, interpretation, community engagement, policy and ecological assessment.

Professional memberships​​

  • International Environmental Communication Association

  • Institute of Professional Editors (Australia)

  • Editors Victoria

Words for Change (previously NRM Communication)

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